Liverpool are “scared” that by agreeing to Mo Salah’s demands they will have to up the wages of more first-team players, according to former Premier League striker Gabby Agbonlahor.
Salah has been in great form for the Reds again this season, although he has been off the boil in recent weeks, with the Egyptian contributing 28 goals and 11 assists in all competitions.
The forward’s contract expires in the summer of 2023 and his representatives are currently locked in negotiations with the Liverpool hierarchy.
A report in the Daily Mirror ten days ago insisted that Salah was now willing to compromise on his large wage demands in order to stay at Anfield.
After reportedly rejecting an offer of a £400,000-a-week contract, Salah is apparently now willing to accept that amount in a three-year deal with the option of another year.
But Agbonlahor reckons Liverpool will still be nervous as they will be expecting players such as Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk to come knocking for pay rises.
“I think there’s going to be big problems at Liverpool because I’m hearing Salah is close to signing a very big contract of £400,000-a-week,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
“The problem with that and the reason that Liverpool are scared to give him that is because Mane will want similar, Van Dijk will want to renegotiate because he’s just signed a new contract. When you go over the wage cap at a club the doors will open and other players are going to want increases.
“If Salah gets £400,000-a-week, then Mane will want £350,000-a-week. Liverpool are probably thinking ‘Can we give him that when we’ve got Diaz who is coming in as a good player’. It’s going to be very interesting and very expensive for Liverpool. It’s definitely a big problem.
“But if I’m Mo Salah I’m asking for what I deserve. He will not even be close to what Neymar’s earning, what Lionel Messi’s earning and what Kylian Mbappe will be earning and he’s on par with them at the moment.
“He will want to be paid what he deserves. He’s the top goalscorer in the Premier League, the best player in the Premier League. ‘Give me what I deserve, if there’s a wage cap that’s not my problem’.”
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